A couple, along with others, jumped into action to help pull a man from a burning car Sunday afternoon.
The accident occurred when the driver of the car, police have identified as 27-year-old, Manchester resident, Ahuja Sandeep veered off the road, struck a guardrail, then struck a tree.
Passersby on the Merritt-Parkway, including Florida EMT Gardiner Bradley and his girlfriend, Emily Bronzini immediately jumped into action to help the driver of the car, just as fire consumed the car.
"I just wanted to get him out of there and get away as quickly as we could as far away for everyone involved," said Bradley.
Brozini and Bradley were nearing the end of a long trip from Florida to Connecticut on Sunday when they saw a cloud of smoke rising upward.
"I just thought I'd get out and see if everyone was okay," said Bradley, but seconds later, he, along with the help of a South Windsor firefighter, Jared Pelletier, managed to pull the driver to safety.
Brozini pulled a fire extinguisher from the car, which bought the team valuable time. Moments later, Bradley and the others dragged the man on a blanket away from the car.
"The tires started exploding,” said Bradley. “Lots of noise started going off, it was a pretty hectic scene."
The North Haven Fire Department arrived to fully extinguish the flames, before the fire spread further. Both the driver, and his passenger were taken to Yale New Haven Hospital.
Police say they have minor injuries.
"If that was your family, if that was your husband, if that was your son, your best friend,” said Bronzini. “You would hope someone would be there to help."
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